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A mom’s walk, like Karli, leaves lasting memory

April 27, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

Cathy Hocking accepted a Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree Thursday at Grand Canyon University on behalf of her daughter, Karli Richardson, one of three people killed in a car accident April 14. Hocking believes that God has a plan and a purpose for taking the lives of her only children. “People are coming to know the Lord through them,” she said.

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Thousands set to gather for GCU commencement

April 24, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

More than 5,000 graduates and their 30,000 guests will be on the Grand Canyon University campus this week for spring commencement. There will be six ceremonies — two each, at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., on Thursday through Saturday.

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Run to Fight banquet blooms into a ‘thankfest’

April 21, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children’s Cancer honored and celebrated the cancer-fighting superheros — from the littlest cancer survivors to the largest corporate donors — at a heart-felt banquet Thursday at the Canyon 49 Grill. Race Director Debbie Accomazzo thanked everyone who contributed to the raising $90,000, and the recipients, Children’s Cancer Network and Phoenix Children’s Hospital, returned the gratitude.

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Students Inspiring Students celebrates another 100 full-tuition scholarships

April 20, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

By Jeannette Cruz Photos by Travis Neely GCU News Bureau If given a chance, K-12 students are west Phoenix’s best hope for becoming an education-minded community.  The Students Inspiring Students initiative at Grand Canyon University, which celebrated its second 100 recipients Wednesday night, told that story – a story of 100 local achievers who have studied their hearts out, despite their less than ideal circumstances, to conceive a brighter future. Matthew Casian of Alhambra High School stepped onto the stage to share an emotional story about how hope was a metaphorical seed planted by his late grandmother, Nena. That seed sprouted into the full-tuition scholarship he received to study engineering at GCU. “Her motto was always, ‘Why step so low when you are destined to go so high?’” Casian said. “She called me her ‘chiquito’ (little one) and bragged about how I would be the one to find a cure for cancer. “She always saw the potential in me and believed in me when I didn’t, and on the day I called her to tell her I was awarded the Students Inspiring Students scholarship, she said, ‘I told you so.’” It was the last conversation Casian and Nena had. She passed away Saturday. […]

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First responders receive a heartfelt thank you

April 20, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

This one ranks high on the too-good-to-be-true scale: When Perry Harris had a heart attack and collapsed at the GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children’s Cancer last month, he just happened to have nearby a doctor, a certified athletic trainer, students from the Sports Medicine Club and members of the GCU Police Department. Together, they saved his life, and Wednesday everyone got together to celebrate a job well done — and a life that can continue to be well-lived.

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Like old times: Powell, Slattery are together again

April 12, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

Nearly 20 years ago, Nicole Powell and Sara Slattery (then Sara Gorton) were star athletes at Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix. They’ve been friends all this time, and now they’re together again — Slattery is GCU’s cross country coach.

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Canyon Challenge finalists all are mission-driven

April 10, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

This year’s Canyon Challenge, scheduled for Thursday afternoon at GCU Arena, features five mission-driven finalists competing for the $15,000 in prize money. Storage Together, which won an international competition in Barcelona last fall, is among the competitors.

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BSU Success Panel

March 30, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

GCU Black Student Union (BSU) held a Success Panel Tuesday in which they were able to hear from some of the valley’s successful people in international business, law, aviation, health and Fortune 100 companies. Included in the panel were LaChrisha Dourisseau, manager and sales engineering at Fiserv; Carol Scott Berry, judge of the Phoenix Municipal Court; Anderson Johnson, pilot, UPS; Edmond Baker Jr., chairman of women’s health, Mountain Park Health Center; and Nathan Cabbil, executive vice president of operations support, Republic Services.  

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Slideshow: Students Inspiring Students scholarship presentations

March 29, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Slaven Gujic GCU News Bureau Students from three Phoenix high schools — Carl Hayden, Glenview College Prep and Trevor G. Browne — on Tuesday received full-tuition scholarships to Grand Canyon University as part of Students Inspiring Students, a collaboration of the University, the GCU Scholarship Foundation, schools and business and philanthropic leaders.  

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